Book: On Dimensions of Development

Former secretary Shyam Prasad Mainali joint secretary Mukunda Prasad Paudyal discuss different dimension of contemporary development process

April 16, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -18 Mar. 21- 2014 (Chaitra 07, 2070)

As Nepal has experimented various development models in the last six decades of modernization process, only a few books deal with it. Written for former secretary Mainali and Paudyal, the book on contemporary dimensions of development is first of its kind of book which analyzes all different sectors of development.

Having spent over three decades working in various positions in Civil Service, Mainali has immense knowledge of implementing development programs and projects in his carrier. This is what one can find in the books. Similarly, another writer Mukunda Prasad Paudyal is a serving joint secretary with background of micro economics. Thus, the book dimensions of contemporary development analyze the discourses.

Development is not merely a change in the livelihood of neither man nor merely building infrastructures.  Development is all about the changing the overall states of human being.  It changes not only physical things but also cultural, social and economic aspects of life.

This is what one can see in the book. Former secretary Mainali and joint secretary Paudyal analyze and discuss the issues of development looking at the present state of Nepal.  Directed to the new aspirant gazette officers, the book is going to be very helpful for those who want to attend the Civil Service Commission's examinees. Having served more than half ministries like Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Labor and Transport, Water and Energy Commission and Public Service Commission during his carrier in civil service, former secretary Mainali is rich in his experiences.

This book will be also helpful for the reference materials for those who want to know Nepal's contemporary development agenda and state of Nepal's development process. Along with analyzing the development process, the author duos also discussed the lacunas of development dimension of Nepal.

"This book is prepared for the Third Paper of Gazette third class examination of Public Service Commission. This book will also be useful for various level of university graduates in Nepal particularly development and environmental issue," said Mainali.

The book is divided on four parts. The first part deals with social issue, second multi-dimensions of development third, issues related to development and issues related to environment.

The authors discuss social disputes and conflict, social justice and equality and social and cultural transformation, distributive justice of resources, inequality and marginalization, social protection, social security and social responsibility. Development is deeply rooted in the cultural diversity. Thus there are also separate pages for culture diversity and population, organized crime food sovereignty and food security.

Economic growth and economic development, important Aspects of economic development, role of public sector, private sector and co-operatives in economic development, foreign assistance and international co-operation, foreign investment, transfer of technology, trade ,market and labour liberalization, economic diplomacy, poverty and unemployment.

Human  development, Infrastructure Development, Sustainable development, role of state and non-state actors inn development process,peace,conflict and sensitive development, decentralization and local self-governace,citizen engagement in development, partnership development and community based development, role of information and communication technology,ICT in development, globalization and development.

As environment is currently major agenda of the development, there are also separate parts for the development agenda. The author duo also discuss ecological system, Bio-diversity and conservation, climate change and carbon trade, environment degradation, Deforestation, Crisis/disaster management, environment and development, energy crisis and energy conservation, pollution and waste management.

In sum, the book can be used as reference materials for those who want to conduct the researches on various issues of contemporary development.


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